By Ifeoma Ofurum
Governor Rochas Okorocha’s “Youth must work” Programme took off formally in Imo State when the governor recently launched the programme which the government said had offered jobs to 25,000 youths.
The youths were said to have been employed in the Imo Community Network, Imo Civil Guards, Imo Palm plantation, primary and secondary schools, the ministries, Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies (ICAPS) and other agencies.
Speaking at the launch, the governor charged the youths to serve their father land diligently, adding that he was moved to set up the Imo Community Network and Imo Civil Guards by the security challenges facing the country.
He, therefore, called on them to join hands with other security agencies to curb crime in the state.
The governor also professed his profound interest in youth affairs and welfare.
Also speaking the state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Comrade Kenneth Emelu, told the youths to be thankful to Gov. Okorocha for their employment.
He said that the governor decided to put the youth to work in view of the role they played during the 2011 elections that brought him to power, and in line with his campaign promises.
The commissioner urged all youth organizations to ensure they registered with his ministry.